Game, Video Games

Game Review: Empire TV Tycoon

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Game: Empire TV Tycoon
Developer: Dreamsite Games
Publisher: Dreamsite Games
Release Date: October 20, 2015
For: Windows, Mac, Linux, SteamOS
Genre: Management, Simulation, Strategy
Rating: 3 Achievements

Description (from Steam):

Empire TV Tycoon is a game in which you manage a TV channel and fight for audiences taking decisions that will project your channel to fame and fortune.You will decide the content of your channel, select advertisers, hire workers, make your own productions, hire actors, and engage in much more.

Review:

I’ve had this game on my wishlist for a long while and was recently gifted it for my birthday. It seems right up my alley. I enjoyed it but I also had a few issues with it.

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My biggest issue is the tutorial. It long and wordy. It made it really difficult to want to play the game because you have to read several boxes with hunks of text in a bad font. The font is nice when used for small things but paragraphs telling you how the game works is not easy to read.

Aside from the font and wall of text you get in the tutorial,  the game introduces too many things at once. I’d like to be eased a little more slowly into all the various mechanics. It’s one thing after another and I found myself forgetting key mechanics because the tutorial just hits you with one thing after another. It sets a bad pace for the overall game as well since once you get passed the tutorial it’s rather monotonous since new mechanics aren’t introduced. After the tutorial it’s just another 28 days of making movies/shows and setting a schedule for your channel.

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It is a fun little management game, a favorite genre of mine, and I enjoyed some of the puns and references to movies. There’s a character that looks like Dr Emmett Brown and some of the movies are named after real movies. It’s cute but I’m worried it might get the game taken down for copy right infringement.

I do enjoy the art style. It’s sort of classic pixel art with a twist and it’s a nice aesethic for the game. I also like how it adopts a more cartoonish style when you look at the audience watching your channel at that moment (bottom right of the picture below).ETT 05

Overall, the game isn’t bad but it isn’t great either. I could take it or leave it. I’ll end up playing it when I’m in the mood for that kind of game but I don’t think I can get too much fun from it in the long run.

 

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Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) 2016

For those of you who don’t know, I am an avid video game watcher and player. I enjoy both aspects especially since I’m not necessarily good at video games.

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Games Done Quick hosts two 7 day, 24 hour live streams a year to raise money for charity. Basically people speed run games and those who watch donate money just to donate to the cause or to “bid” on certain perks. For example, in the Awesome Games Done Quick (basically the Winter marathon), during the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix speed run people could donate money to bid on what Disney song they wanted to be sung. It was a really fun bid.

Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 is currently going on. It’s running from July 3rd-July 9th and all donations go to Doctors Without Borders. You can also order the official SGDQ 2016 t-shirts and $3 will go towards Doctors Without Borders. I already bought my SGDQ shirt and I can’t wait to see the bids that come up throughout the week to figure out when I want to donate.

This awesome event is put on and the speed runners don’t get any money, they do it just to have fun and raise money. It’s a great event that I want to bring attention to.

Humble Bundle has also joined and has a special bundle that will benefit Doctors Without Borders and features a few popular games as long as you pay at least $15.

As a side note, I think I might start expanding my blog to talk about books, video games, and music.